Work Days in the Park
The Grant Park Conservancy assists the City of Atlanta workers in maintaining such a large park. As the fourth largest park in the city, there is a lot to maintain. Several times a year, the Conservancy partners with volunteer groups both large and small to complete maintenance projects such as mulching, weeding, removing invasive plants, repairing and painting structures within the park, picking up trash and more. The visual effects are instant and gratifying. Individuals, groups, clubs, corporate teams, fraternities and sororities, school groups, etc. have planted over 2,000 trees, hundreds of shrubs and flowers, distributed over 15,000 cubic yards of mulch and learned about the history and needs of the park while volunteering. Groups can contact the Conservancy and ask about participating in a work day of their own. Simply contact the Conservancy at email@example.com at least one month in advance of your desired volunteer date and we will see if we can accommodate. There is a small cost associated with tool and supply rental, which can be discussed while planning the project. We look forward to working with you in the park!
Rehabilitation of Grant Park Restrooms
For years, the Grant Park restrooms were unsatisfactory. They were aging, not properly maintained and were frankly an eyesore in the middle of an otherwise beautiful park. The Conservancy partnered with the City of Atlanta in 2011 to update the restrooms into a place that people were not afraid to use. Now, the restrooms are maintained, well-stocked, clean and safe. Fixing the restrooms has become one of our greatest current accomplishments and we hope when you visit that you will agree.
Rehabilitation of Fort Walker
The Grant Park Conservancy is collaborating with M.H. Mitchell, Inc. (www.mhmitchell.org) to renew Fort Walker as an asset to Grant Park. Fort Walker was a Confederate redoubt located on what is now the southeastern corner of Grant Park and was built by Confederate forces in during 1863. It was designed & supervised by Col. L. P. Grant, which Grant Park is named for. After 150 years, it is most likely, the last remnant of a line that withstood the quartering steel & climbing fire of Federal armies forty-two days and was evacuated only when the remaining R.R. was cut. The fort was named for Maj. General W.H.T. Walker CSA, killed during the Battle of Atlanta. We were recently able to remove the outdated, unsafe and awkwardly placed play structure and are in the process of getting the concrete border and “sand box” removed soon. Stump removal is next on the list, along with adding historic markers and someday repaving the pathway that leads to the Boulevard parking lot park entrance.